Catalog • 2012-2013

Theatre – Major/Minor

For information, contact Roxanne Amico.

Program Description

The theatre program is heavily grounded in production work and practical experience. An intensely interdisciplinary focus is cultivated with particular emphasis placed on elevating the role of women through play selection and meaningful theatrical material that can be shared with a wide audience on and off campus. Fully equipped scene and costume shops support three major productions annually as well as numerous senior productions and dance concerts. Major productions are staged in the 250 seat Samuels Theatre with student shows mounted in the 75 seat Little Theatre. Students majoring in theatre are expected to participate in all productions each term in some capacity either on stage crew, cast, box office, scene shop, and costume construction crews or stage management. Campus employment nicely complements the work in the department as students can receive hands-on training in theatre as part of their campus job.

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the theatre major is to develop artistic and leadership skills toward the practical application of theatre through coursework in the areas of history, performance, design, technical theatre, administration and production. Emphasis is placed on understanding the balance between the practical and artistic choices, accepting responsibility and promoting team work. Attention is paid to developing a career focus for the individual theatre artist. Emphasis is placed on understanding historically significant styles and genres of theatre, performing and developing personal goals for understanding and using theatre. The exploration of theatre in its many forms addresses a core need in the human condition to express through creativity solutions and answers to problems and issues facing society.

Total number of credits required by program: 39 credits

Program Requirements

Auditions or applications are required for all production responsibilities. All theatre majors are obliged to abide by the written Performing Arts Departmental Policies. A grade of C or better is required in all courses taken for application toward all major requirements in the performing arts. At least 15 credits of course work in the major must be taken at Cedar Crest College.

Competencies and Assessment in the Performing Arts

  1. An initial assessment of each student's prior skills and experience is done upon declaring the major in theatre
  2. Attendance at the First Friday Performing Arts Noon Series is required each term for declared majors Presentations are required once each year. All presentations are expected to be works in progress and can be drawn from class work or independent work.
  3. All majors are given appropriate literature or reading lists to guide them in rounding out their studies. Students are expected to be familiar by graduation with the major authors, styles or periods on the lists appropriate to their discipline.
  4. By spring of the junior year, students submit project proposals for approval. All majors are expected to make an oral presentation on a designated First Friday briefly presenting the progress and plans for their project in spring of the junior year.
  5. Senior Thesis Project: All majors must produce a major creative project in order to graduate. Students present a project proposal for departmental approval and seek an advisor for the project by April 1. No projects will proceed without departmental approval. This project is included in PER 353.
  6. All Performing Arts Majors are required to participate in a minimum of two faculty supervised Dance Productions, Theatre Productions and/or Performing Arts Practicums.
  7. 15 credits of course work in the major must be taken at Cedar Crest College.

Theatre Major

Course Requirements

39 Credits

THS 105 or 106  Public Speaking or Forensic Speech, 1-3 credits
THS 120 Theatre as Commentary, 3 credits
THS 150 Stagecraft, 3 credits
THS 201 Acting I, 3 credits
THS 202 Acting II, 3 credits
THS 231 History of Theatre I, 3 credits
THS 232 History of Theatre II, 3 credits
THS 240 Design for the Stage (scene design, lighting or costume), 3 credits
THS 280 Directing, 3 credits
PER 100 First Friday (4 x .5), 2 credits
PER 101 Collaborative Arts, 1 credit
PER 102 Stage Management: Rule #1, 2 credits
PER 252 Sophomore Seminar, 2 credits
PER 255 Portfolio, 1 credit
PER 353 Senior Thesis Project, 3 credits

Plus two additional courses from the following:

THS 202  Acting II ( may be repeated)
THS 240  Design for the Stage: Lighting
THS 240  Design for the Stage: Scene Design
THS 240  Design for the Stage: Costume Design
THS 270  History of Fashion
THS 280 Directing
THS 322 Playwriting

Technology, Oral Presentation and Information Literacy requirements (for majors) are fulfilled through completing the major or through double major requirements and are assessed in the following courses : THS 105, 106, PER 353

Theatre Minor

Program Requirements

All theatre minors are obliged to abide by the written Performing Arts Departmental Policies. A grade of C or better is required in all courses taken for application toward all minor requirements in the performing arts. At least 12 credits of course work in the minor must be taken at Cedar Crest College.

Course Requirements

THS 120 Theatre Commentary, 3 credits
THS 231 History of Theatre I, 3 credits
THS 232 History of Theatre II, 3 credits
THS 150 Stagecraft, 3 credits
THS 240 Design for the Stage, 3 credits
THS 201 Beginning Acting, 3 credits

Total number of credits required by minor: 18